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Sweet Potato Pancakes with Blueberries and Vanilla Sauce

Okay…Yum?! How can that not even catch your attention, not only that but it is healthy! Say what?! That’s right it is a healthier spin on regular pancakes and syrup, but even better with flavor! Special thanks to Pritikin Longevity Center

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Ingredients
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 3 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup egg beaters
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon ground
  • 3 tablespoons Splenda
  • Light spray Pam
  • 1 pint blueberries fresh
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F.
  2. Wash potatoes and pat dry. Poke several times with a fork. Wrap each potato in foil. Place on middle oven rack. Place a baking sheet on rack below potatoes to catch any drippings of natural sugars.
  3. Bake until very soft to the touch, about 50 to 60 minutes. (Potatoes can be cooked days in advance.) Allow potatoes to cool. Then remove skin.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, blend potatoes with skim milk, egg beaters, and vanilla extract.
  5. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients (whole wheat flour through Splenda), and mix well.
  6. Make a well in the center of the dry mixture bowl. Pour the potato mixture into the center. Using a wire whip, whisk until smooth, using a circular motion.
  7. Preheat nonstick omelet pan or griddle on medium flame. Lightly spray with Pam.
  8. Use an ice cream scoop to portion each pancake onto preheated pan or griddle. Sprinkle blueberries on top of each cake.
  9. Cook for 2 minutes. Flip. Cook another 2 minutes.
 
Notes
Pritikin serves these lovely pancakes with Warm Vanilla Sauce for those who have a few extra calories to spend.


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Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

Looking for something sweet AND healthy, but don’t have to deal with all the sugar or even have the time to make something? This smoothie is going to be the perfect breakfast alternative! Thank you to Betsy Carter – Concrete & Iron Fitness

 

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Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups dairy free milk (almond, coconut or hemp)
  • 1 avocado (peeled and pitted)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tablespoon raw cocoa
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Directions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix or powerful blender.
  2. If needed, add water to adjust thickness.
 
Notes
Betsy’s Tip: If this smoothie makes you feel cold, add 1/4 teaspoon of warming spice such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or clove. Or, have a hot cup of dandelion or chamomile tea with raw honey to warm your digestion.


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Ananda Spa Seeded Granola Bars

This recipe is designed a little differently, originally from India (so the quantities are set up a little differently.) It is 100% worth it once you get those math equations working.

“These guest favorite Granola Bars are courtesy of Ananda Spa in the Himalayas. The executive Chef, Narenda Sharma, carefully creates recipes for guests which feature wholesome ingredients, like oats, coconut flour and seeds.  In this recipe, he uses a popular powdered sugar substitute called Natura which is a sucralose product.  In the USA, you can use Splenda, or coconut sugar crystals to taste.”

 

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Ingredients
  • 500 Grams unsalted butter
  • 1250 Grams sugar free powdered sugar
  • 1000 Grams white oats
  • 400 Grams coconut flour
  • 300 Grams sesame seeds
  • 50 Grams sunflower seeds
Directions
  1. Melt the butter with powdered sugar substitute in a sauce pan
  2. Mix all other ingredients together and fold it with melted butter and sugar substitute
  3. Spray a baking tray with pan spray
  4. Spread the mixture into the baking tray and bake at 160 degrees for 15 mins
 
Notes
Try coconut sugar crystals or other natural sweetener to taste.


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Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal Recipe

Okay, so with this post my inner child is screaming with glee! Don’t you remember when your parents would tell you “no sweets for breakfast!” Well lets just say I am your fairy godmother granting you this wonderful wish. I just have 3 words for you. Chocolate. Brownie. Oatmeal. You’re welcome and try not to drool too much. Thanks to  Pritikin Longevity Center.

 

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats cooked with 1.5 cups of water
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder (raw, unsweetened)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk (non-fat)
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts (optional)
  • 1 cup blueberries (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Splenda
Directions
  1. Cook the oats with 1.5 cups of water until the oats are fluffy and all the water has disappeared (I do this by cooking it for 2 minutes in the microwave, stirring, and cooking it for 2 more minutes.)
  2. Add the cocoa powder and cinnamon to the cooked oats while they are still hot.
  3. Stir until everything is fully combined, and your oats have a deep chocolatey color.
  4. Add the walnuts, and the milk (you can add as much milk as you like – I use about 1/2 a cup to give the oats a nice creamy consistency)
  5. Add the splenda and stir to combine until the oats have the consistency you like. If you’re using blueberries, add them in now.
  6. Enjoy the chocolatey brownie goodness of the oatmeal.
Notes
The raw cocoa powder is actually one of the healthiest parts of this dish. While normally, adding chocolate would make the dish unhealthy, adding raw unsweetened cocoa powder is completely different. It comes straight from the cacao bean, so it contains tons of antioxidants, polyphenols, a bit of fiber and some protein too! So you really can’t go wrong with this superfood ingredient. And it tastes just like chocolate when sweetened slightly, so it’s absolutely perfect!


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Vegetable Quinoa Fritatta

Yes this is as yummy as it sounds/looks. You will not want to switch to another type of breakfast. Trust me.

“This delicious Vegetable Cheddar Quinoa Frittata makes a protein-packed breakfast or brunch.  It is a guest favorite at Skyterra Wellness Retreat & Weight Loss Spa, where it is served over fresh greens and tomatoes with warm bacon vinaigrette for a delicious complete meal.”

 

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Ingredients
  • 1 – 1/2 cups Quinoa, cooked
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 each red onion, small diced
  • 2 each zucchini, rinsed, small diced
  • 1 each yellow squash, rinsed, small diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper, ground
  • 2-4 tablespoons basil, chopped
  • 12 each eggs, local
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, local if possible
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded, local cheese if possible (high quality)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook quinoa according to package and set aside.
  3. Preheat a large saute pan to medium heat. Add extra virgin olive oil followed by the red
  4. onion.
  5. Cook onion for 3-4 minutes then add the zucchini and summer squash. Add the salt and
  6. pepper and cook for another 5-10 minutes until vegetables are soft and cooked through.
  7. In a medium mixing bowl, add eggs and milk and whisk until combined.
  8. Spray a 13 x 9 glass casserole pan with oil.
  9. Evenly distribute the quinoa, vegetables and basil at the bottom of the casserole pan.
  10. Pour the egg/milk mixture on top of vegetables and quinoa. Top with cheddar cheese.
  11. Bake frittata in oven for 35-40 minutes or until the center has set (doesn’t jiggle).
  12. Allow the frittata to rest for at least 15-20 minutes prior to slicing. You can allow it to
  13. rest in the oven (turn off heat). Slice the frittata into 8 portions.
 
Notes
One serving is an approximately 4×4 inch slice.


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Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Well well well hello old friend, this can either be the perfect dessert or breakfast. Either way its going to be delicious and high in protein too. Thank you Heartland Spa for this recipe. You won’t regret it!

 

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Ingredients
  • 1-3/4 cups flour, all-purpose
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup bananas, whole
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Spray muffin tins lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Stir first four ingredients in small bowl until blended.
  4. Using electric mixer, beat bananas, honey, peanut butter, eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla in medium bowl to blend.
  5. Beat in flour mixture.
  6. Divide batter among muffin tins.
  7. Bake approximately 20 minutes.
  8. Transfer muffins to rack to cool.


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Blistered Tomato Spinach Scramble

This breakfast I discovered has all the qualities the perfect date should. It is colorful, fun, yummy and overall perfect because they actually make you enjoy the morning (even when you’re cranky!) Special thanks to The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu.

 

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Ingredients
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 cups lightly packed spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • Nutritional yeast, optional
Directions
  1. In a large, heavy skillet, heat 2 tsp. oil over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and garlic; cook, shifting pan occasionally, until tomatoes are lightly browned and blistered on all sides, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Heat remaining 2 tsp. oil in skillet. Add spinach, scallions, thyme and red pepper flakes; sauté until spinach is tender, about 5 minutes. Spread spinach evenly over skillet. Scatter tomatoes over spinach and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour eggs into skillet and turn off heat.
  3. Immediately stir egg mixture with a heatproof spatula until eggs are gently scrambled, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast, if desired, and serve hot.